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Ribbon cut for Plaza de España restoration

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A BAND of woven coconut leaves suspended between the main arches of the recently restored walls of the Plaza de España acted as the ribbon at yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in Hagåtña.

The $1.4 million project included the restoration of the surrounding walls, the rehabilitation of the Azotea, the large pavilion-like structure atop a set of steps, and the restoration of the Chocolate House.

Gov. Eddie Calvo stressed the historic significance of the area for Guam and he recognized the key organizations that supported the renovation. “I thank again the Legislature who found the funding through the (Hotel Occupancy Tax) bond in providing this money for restoration for the Plaza de España,” he said.

The restoration of the Plaza de España is part of a program established by Public Law 30-228. The program allows for funds from the HOT bond to fund various projects listed in the law. The Plaza de España was not originally expected to be renovated with HOT bond funds, but the Legislature was able to appropriate enough funds for the project to be completed.

Contracting company Reliable Builders Inc. worked on the reconstruction which included renovating walkways, tiles and roofing.

Across the street, construction of the upcoming Guam museum is anticipated. This project, like the restoration of the plaza, is funded through the HOT bonds as denoted in Public Law 30-179.

The Plaza de España was originally built by the Spanish during their occupation of the island in the 1600s. Originally known as the Governor’s Palace, the area was destroyed during World War II and underwent structural and functional changes alongside the government and leadership changes Guam experienced.

Continuing with the My Village project, Calvo announced at yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony that Hagåtña next month will be the focus of the project. Calvo said the purpose of the My Village project was to bring the government to the people. An historic run is one of the highlighted activities planned for Hagåtña’s turn at the program.

Both the plaza and the museum, officially called the Guam and Chamorro Educational Facility, are part of the Hagåtña projects of the undertakings funded with the HOT bonds. The renovation of the streetlights along Hagåtña Bay and the development of a crosswalk between Skinner Plaza and Chamorro Village are additional projects set in Hagåtña. Other projects are planned for various island parks and improvements to be made in Tumon.

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